I am certain we have all tasted spearmint in one form or another. Spearmint is commonly used to flavor chewing gum and candy, as well as toothpaste, mouthwash, cosmetics, medicines, foods, and drinks. But, it provides great value to our health other than as a mere flavoring.
I should note that spearmint Mentha spicata is often confused with peppermint Mentha piperita. It is not surprising since both plants belong to the mint or Lamiaceae family, along with about 25 other species of mint. But, where spearmint is a native plant, peppermint was created from a cross between water mint Mentha aquatica and spearmint Mentha spicata.
Even though both types of mint have similar uses, spearmint is more predominantly used to make essential oil. It is the mint I’m focusing on here. Spearmint can also be used fresh or as a dry herb, tea, tincture, extract, or infusion. It is generally considered safe, and has gentle yet effective action.Continue reading